Humanities Institute

Community Sabbatical grantee Mike Evans speaks about Food Justice

Thu, May 5, 2011 | AT&T Conference Center

12:00 PM

Mike Evans
Mike Evans

Food is a basic human right. Everyone, regardless of race, class, religion, or background, should have access to fresh, healthy, affordable food.  Currently, in our country and across the world, the food system does not work this way.  And while some may argue that globally there is not enough food produced to adequately feed the world’s population, even if this is true, it does not explain the striking discrepancies in quality and freshness of vegetables in grocery stores of the same chain in neighboring communities.  Similarly, it does not explain the existence of food deserts – areas that do not have adequate access to healthy food but have fast food joints.  Food deserts exist across the country in both urban and rural areas and right here in Austin.  As consumers, youth need to understand the realities of our food system and discuss how they can make a change.  I am working to create and compile a series of workshops focusing on food justice that can be utilized by the dozens of high-school age farming programs across the country.

Event by invitation only.

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